I gathered a series of words of wisdom that came my way via newsletters and that I wanted to keep, because each time I read them they get me thinking. So I decided to put them together in one place. I hope they will get you thinking and bring you value in the same way they did to me.
PS: Sending you lots of love
No matter how much money or love you’ve made or lost, Adina, you can still make more. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” (Moment of Happiness newsletter)
Abraham Lincoln, “Notes for a Law Lecture”
When you don’t know what you want, Adina, it’s probably time to begin enjoying what you have. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
“The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
— Carl Jung, “Schiller’s Ideas on the Type Problem,” in Collected Work of C. G Jung (Moment of Happiness newsletter)
“Choice of attention—to attend to this and ignore that—is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences.”
— W.H. Auden, The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, volume VI (Moment of Happiness newsletter)
“An eccentricity made a regular thing of ceases to provoke remark.”
– Sylvia Townsend Warner, “Winged Creatures” in Kingdoms of Elfin (Moment of Happiness newsletter)
What if, Adina, from now on and forevermore, people stopped using the word “evil” and replaced it with “ignorance”? Yeah, less fear, more better; global transformation. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
To fix the world, Adina, you must first see it as broken.
I’m not so sure I’d go there, The Universe (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
“If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.” — Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom (Moment of Happiness newsletter)
Adina, have you ever seen a complete stranger across a room, street, or hallway, and sent them a silent, “You are loved,” just for the good it might do? I have. But then, to me, they’re not really strangers.
Neither are they to you, Adina – (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
Dream big, Adina.Start small. Have it all (Notes from the universe newsletter)
“What we want out of a vacation changes as we age. It changes from vacation to vacation. There was a time when it was all about culture for me. My idea of a real break was to stay in museums until my legs ached and then go stand in line to get tickets for an opera or a play. Later I became a disciple of relaxation and looked for words like beach and massage when making my plans. I found those little paper umbrellas that balanced on the side of rum drinks to be deeply charming then. Now I strive for transcendent invisibility and the chance to accomplish the things I can’t get done at home. But as I pack up my room at the Hotel Bel-Air, I think the best vacation is the one that relieves me of my own life for a while and then makes me long for it again.” (Moment of Happiness newsletter)
– Ann Patchett, “Do Not Disturb,” This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
If you want better from others, Adina, be better yourself. Want better. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
If you knew for absolute certain, Adina, that every little thing you did today would later be scrutinized, literally moment by moment, by a future you, and future friends, as well as anyone else interested, and you’d all be looking for a number of qualities, especially patience, kindness, and love, during this game of games and test of tests called life, how might you treat the very next person you see after reading this Note? (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
Whenever something doesn’t work out the way you thought it would, Adina, instead of thinking that something went wrong, see it as something that went unexpectedly well, but for reasons that are not yet apparent. Everything plays to your favor. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
For as long as a dream lives inside of you, Adina, there’s a plan for its time in space. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
The Learning Game:
When there is ease and simplicity in your life, Adina, it’s because earlier you learned a lot. When there is resistance and obstacles in your life, it’s because there’s even more to learn. And learning even more, Adina, is pretty much the main reason you’re there. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
For every setback, disappointment and heartbreak, Adina, ask yourself, “What does this create the opportunity for?” And therein you will find its gift. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
Persistence, Adina, isn’t about knocking on one door until the dang thing opens. It’s about knocking on all of the doors. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
Life doesn’t give folks a break. Nor does it test you. Nor is there any such thing as good luck, fate, or destiny. On the other hand, Adina, your thoughts become things. Which pretty much means you get to rule your world.
Better than winning the lottery (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
It’s not the career you choose, Adina, the friend you marry, or the path you take that determines success or happiness in life, but that each day, in some small way, you seek to amaze as much as be amazed. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
Friends are friends, Adina, because they’ve discovered how much they have in common. Opponents, adversaries, and foes are friends too, who have not yet discovered this. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
For the one who continues, Adina, failure becomes impossible. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
All that you need to have all that you want, Adina, will be provided, as if by magic, once you know what you want and do something about it every day.
No matter what (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
Adina, today don’t think or say, “I’m tired,” “I’m hurt,” “I’m angry.” Don’t even think or say, “I’m happy.” Instead, think and say, “I’ve chosen to be tired, hurt, angry.” Or better still, “I’m choosing to be happy.” You don’t get “hit” by feelings, you feel them based on your perceptions, and you perceive based on your beliefs, and you believe as you choose.
You are your words (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
It’s not as if one could be bored enough, feel frustrated enough, or complain enough that their life would suddenly turn around. Doesn’t work that way.
Whatever anyone “is,” Adina, they become more of. And anyone can change what they become by thinking new thoughts.
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
The presumption, Adina, at all times and under all circumstances, should always be that you are good enough, worthy enough, and lovable enough. And that you are exactly the right kind of person, in the right place, at the right time. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been instilled with such dreams in the first place.
Love you (Notes from the Universe newsletter)
“I can recall in my childhood the continuous excitement of long days in which nothing happened; and an indescribable sense of fullness in large and empty rooms…I still feel a very strong and positive pleasure in being stranded in queer quiet places, in neglected corners where nothing happens and anything may happen; in unfashionable hotels, in empty waiting-rooms, or in watering-places out of the season. It seems as if we needed such places, and sufficient solitude in them, to let certain nameless suggestions soak into us and make a richer soil of the unconscious.”(Moment of Happiness newsletter)
— G. K. Chesterton, “On the Thrills of Boredom,” All is Grist: Essay